ψάμμος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Could be from a *ψάφμος(*psáphmos) (compare γράφω(gráphō), γράμμα(grámma)), and thus perhaps related to ψαφαρός(psapharós, powdery, sandy), ψῆφος(psêphos, pebble), as well as Latin sabulum.

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Noun[edit]

ψάμμος ‎(psámmosf, m ‎(genitive ψάμμου); second declension

  1. sand
  2. something worthless
  3. metallic ore used by alchemists
  4. desert

Usage notes[edit]

  • Normally feminine, sometimes masculine.

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • ψάμμος in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ψάμμος in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ψάμμος in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • «ψάμμος» in Bailly, Anatole (1935) Le Grand Bailly: Dictionnaire grec-français, Paris: Hachette
  • «ψάμμος» in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • ψάμμος in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill